Archive for September, 2017

Change in Clonliffe Sunday hours in Morton Stadium

Members please note that the Clonliffe use of the Stadium from this Sunday, October 1st, changes to 9.30 am to 11.00am, this will remain the position until the Spring.

Club members looking to use the Stadium facilities outside of these hours on Sundays must make arrangements with Morton Stadium direct.

By way of reminder Clonliffe do not have any arrangements for use of the Stadium on Saturdays, the Clonliffe clubhouse will be open from 10.45 am on Saturdays for athletes wishing to change and train outside the stadium.

Other changes to times on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be posted once finalised with Morton Stadium.

The Committee appreciates our members cooperation.

The Rooney Review: Running up that Hill, Dublin Half Marathon

Shane Rooney Reports: Saturday 23rd of September saw the final race of the 2017 Dublin Race Series move to Newbridge House and the challenging hills of North County Dublin.

The club members were chomping at the bit and nothing was going to stop the members of Clonliffe Harriers from getting to the start line and giving 100% on a course of two halves. The first half being slow and hill heavy whilst the second half was fast and downhill, meaning that any time lost on the hills could be quickly made up during the 5 miles to the finish line.

The Black & Amber singlets were led home by Karl “On Form” Nolan finishing in 24th place in a time of 1:17:55, he was followed by Matt McGuinness (1:21:48) and rounding off the top 3 men was Conor Delaney (1:22:36).  The top 3 Clonliffe ladies were Emma Cooper (1:31:08), Maura Matthews (1:37:18) and Emer “GAA” Brennan (1:38:27).

Congratulations to Stephen (The PBs Keep Coming) Tracey, Alan Hughes, Alex Eustace, Alan Worrall, Damien Kelly, Mick Gleeson, Colm Leonard, Niall Markey, Alan Curley, Aideen “Skippy” Brady, Ali O’Sullivan, Adrien (Let’s Do an Extra 5 miles) Gerard, Shane Rooney, Declan Murray, Kevin (Where’s My Medal?) Sheehy, Janette Reid, Clare Roche, Declan Grant, Caroline Hynes (who had flown home from Chicago for the race), Yvonne McDonagh, James Dunne, Ciara O’Regan, Niall O’Connor, Susan Kelly, Mel (Honey C) Curran, Joanne McCabe, Anthony O’Brien, Katie (Golden Runner) Hennigan, Jason Blake and Lorraine Sherwood, for doing Clonliffe Harriers proud*.

One of the wonderful outcomes from being a member of Clonliffe Harriers is the friends we make during the training sessions, which was evident by the number of members who ran together. This two-by-two approach proved to be very effective with many members being encouraged by their running friends to dig in and achieve a PB.

As always, an extra special thank you to the volunteers, Pamela, Mr & Mrs Dowling (aka Mark & Aisling), Vivienne, Brid, Emer O’T, Grace, Leah, Sinead, Dave The Smiler, Catherine D, Paddy and Ciara P, you’re welcome smiles at the finish line is wonderful sight.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to add your name to the list of volunteers, please speak to Mark Dowling or email

To Eugene, Jean and Gerry and all the organising crew, thank you for the hard work you put in each year to create the wonderful race series.

As with every race, questions have been raised;

  1. How fast can Karl Nolan go?
  2. How high can Aideen Brady jump?
  3. Is Evelyn Brennan doing a sponsored silence marathon run?
  4. Will Kev Sheehy find his medal?

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced this weekend, keep digging in.

*apologies if anyone is missing from the list of participants.

Weekend round up: USA all the way! (plus home results)

Weekend Round up: Starting stateside where on Friday Aaron Hanlon had a great run for Providence in the Battle of Beantown Coast to Coast at Boston College 1st Providence man in 24th place in 24.52, 8k.

Saturday Brian Flanagan ran in the Texas A&M Invitation this morning at 8am in College Station TX Temp was 75F (25C) the first serious race of the season with McNeese fielding their strongest team in a loaded field where almost all of the teams in the region / conference where on the starting line. Flanno had a very strong run finishing 18th (of 166) as the third man to score for McNeese in 24:41, 8k. Miles splits were 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:10 4:31.

Brian says: ” This ranks McNeese as number 1 in NCAA (D1) Southland Conference. Also puts me as the fastest Freshman in the conference too. Very happy to say the least considering we tempo’d the first 4 miles.  Again, now is not the time for complacency and it’s back to recover and hard work. Next up is a small home meet in Lake Charles next week followed by a By week then we travel to the Princeton Invitation in New Jersey.”
Joe Cooper took his Division to Blackrock, County Louth for the annual 4 Mile Road race on Saturday evening. Also racing was Mark Kenneally placing 6th (20.16) just ahead of Joe`s group: 11th Sean Carrig (20.55), 12th Eferan Gidey (21.03), and 3rd junior man, 15th Daniel Lacey (21.47), 17th Sean O`Leary (22.02), 20th Jordan Byrne (22.34).
 Also Saturday the Dublin Half Marathon took place in the grounds of Newbridge House. Many Clonliffe athletes were running, thanks to Shane Rooney for his superb report. See “The Rooney Review”
Sunday at the Rathfarnham 5k Sean Doran was 34th in 16.04. Eleanor Alexander was 4th senior woman (96th overall) in 17.36.

Gary goes sub 2:20 ! (updated)

Gary O`Hanlon ran a magnificent race in this morning`s Berlin Marathon to record a new pb of 2:19.25. Gary took over 2 minutes off his pb to go sub 2:20, having gone through the half way in 69.32 to place 40th overall. The results also seem to record him as 1st M40. From Gary`s Facebook page he posted: “2:19 at age 43 in the Berlin Marathon, a personal best by 2 1/2 minutes finishing first over 40 in the worlds most competitive marathon. Delighted to be getting faster despite getting older, age is just a number. The key is to train smart, surround yourself with positive people and always believe in your own ability. Congrats to all the athletes I coach, smashing their times today. Special thanks to my training partners Seán Hehir and Eoin Callaghan, train hard race easy. This one’s for my son Ben who’s 3 months old today.”

Also in Berlin Paul O`Loughlin broke new ground going sub three for the first time, an excellent 2.59.24.

News in also of a great run by Robert Reid in clocking 2.47.24.


First Cross Country win in US for Brian Flanagan (update from Flanno)

Clonliffe`s Brian Flanagan got his US Collegiate Cross Country career off to a winning start for McNeese yesterday, the 16th at Baton Rouge, to take a fine individual title at LSU Cross Country Invitational. Brian was a clear winner by some six seconds winning the 6k event in 17.09 and helping McNeese to a second place team placing.

Brian tells the tail:

How ya doing? Sorry its been a little while so here’s a little update. So a week and a half ago our cross country season opener was put on hold due to us getting hit by Hurricane Harvey, our own home meet was canceled along with one in Houston too.
Instead we travelled to LSU’s invitational cross country in Baton Rouge on Saturday last. I lead the team that we sent, our top four runner stayed at home getting ready for next week.
Race was 6000m and started at 7:50am. Even at that stage temps were at 75F (24C). But my long summer of training injury free in the unforgiving heat of the deep south paid it’s dividends and I recorded my very first ‘W’ (time: 17:09 – wasn’t even a flat course) on this side of the Atlantic. Needless to say I was very happy to run this in my very first XC race in over a year and a half, most of which plagued by injuries most doubted I’d ever come from. I felt good but I know now is not the time for complacency, theres still a job to be done.
With that being said the next stop is the Texas A&M invitational this coming Saturday morning in College Station TX. I’ll keeping you posted. Until then all the best.
Nil Desperandum,
In what was a fairly quiet weekend for Clonliffe athletes Stephen Scullion was 2nd in Sunday`s Belfast Half Marathon, a week after his excellent outing in the Great North Run, in 66.12

Hennigan Takes the Golden Runner

Report from Shane Rooney: In a change of location for the normal Saturday training session, and to inject a competitive edge to training, Pam’s group moved from Santry Park to the Poppintree on Saturday 16th September.  The change turned out to be a great tempo session and gave us a fantastic opportunity to promote the club, with loads of participants enquiring about how to join the club? is membership open to all abilities? and when does training take place?

As 9:30 approached and with a summer of hard sessions in our legs it was time to put the training to the test and the results didn’t disappoint.

With a field of over 110 athletes, Clonliffe Harriers took 1st and 3rd place. The athletes were led home by Paul O’Loughlin in a new 5k PB time of 18:14, and he was quickly followed by Stephen Tracey, who also achieved a PB time and finished 3rd in a time of 18:49, the third Clonliffe Harrier home was Adrian Gerard in 6th place in a time of 19:31. Not to be outdone, Ciara Peelo, followed by Aisling Andrews and Siobhan Devaney who were the the  1st, 2nd and 3rd ladies home.

As with any event organised by Pam and her possy (who can forget the Clonolympics), it was decided to add a little fun competition to the occasion by encouraging each member to achieve a new PB. It was with great excitement when the “Golden Runner” was handed over to the one and only Little Miss Excited, Katie Hennigan, who smashed her previous 5k PB time by approximately 1 min, crossing the line in a time of 23:41.

In addition to those mentioned above, a big thank you to Paula, Declan, Ollie, Orla, Jason and Kevin who also took part in the session.

A very special shout out to David “Smiler” Hanley, who, despite not being able to run, volunteered to direct and support the participants around the course.  It’s amazing how the spirits are lifted when you hear someone shout out your name and offer positive words of encouragement.

This brings me nicely to the very important topic of volunteering. A huge part of the success of every race comes down to the time and dedication of volunteers and I’m sure we all agree, there is no better feeling when you see a friendly face at the finish line or hear a clubmate shout “Come on Clonliffe”. You could be one of those Spirit Lifters and not only will you be helping athletes, you’ll also help bring additional funds to the club, meaning your time is well spent on many levels.  To add your name to the list of volunteers, please speak to Mark “Dominos” Dowling or email

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced this weekend, keep digging in.

Grand Prix News: Doran fastest but Tracey wins Walker Cup

Report from Liam Hennessy: Thursday last, September 14th, 2017 – Round 13 – Walker Cup – 4 Mile Track Race – Morton Stadium – 8pm – Kindly sponsored by our Ladies Captain; Pamela Cooper. The evening began at 7.30 with torrential rain and by 8pm we were ready to go on what turned out to be a wonderful dry and calm evening – an absolute gem of an evening for distance running. The majority of runners ran personal bests in what was the last track race of the 2017 Grand Prix Series.

The result of the handicap for the Walker Cup was as follows;
Winner: Stephen Tracey
Second Place: Murray Ahern
Third Place: Melissa Curran

Full results of the race as follows;

1. Sean Doran – 21.16 – PB

2. Karl Nolan – 22.29 – PB
3. Ger Redmond (Guest) – 23.43 – PB
4. Paul O’ Loughlin – 23.56 – PB
5. Shane Casey – 24.11 – Equalled PB
6. Stephen Tracey – 24.44 – Massive PB
7. Kevin Dowling – 24.55
8. Alan Worrall – 25.17 – PB
9. Maurice Mc Crohan – 25.20 – SB
10. Mick Mc Henry – 25.36
11. Emma Dunne – 25.39 – Massive PB
12. Tom Monks – 25.48
13. Mick Bermingham – 26.00
14. Murray Ahern – 26.12 – PB
15. Adrian Gerard – 26.14.9 – PB
16. Shane Rooney – 26.20 – PB
17. ???????????
18. Declan Grant – 26.43 – PB
19. Trevor Wisdom – 27.11
20. Liam Hennessy – 27.37 – SB
21. Declan Murray – 27.55
22. Aimee Ahern – 28.00
23. Devaney ??? – 28.00
24. James Smith – 28.11 PB
25. Kevin Sheehy (Guest) – 28.36
26. Connor Jennings – 28.42 – PB
27. Aoife O’ Sullivan – 28.58 – PB
28. Simon Smith – 29.05
29. Terry Mee – 29.17
30. Niall Markey – 29.26
31. Ann Lyons – 29.26.2
32. Ciara O’ Regan – 29.27
33. Greg O’ Beirne – 29.30
34. Richard ??? – 29.35
35. Melissa Curran – 29.43 – PB
36. Darren Horgan – 29.43 – PB
37. Niall O’ Connor – 30.41
38. Pat Devitt – 33.03
39. Dave Brady – 33.44
40. Dave Lyons – 33.51
Apologies if i misspelt any name above

Just look at the number of PB’s above !!! – The 2017 series has to be one of the best to date !! Well done to everyone. Many thanks to our Club President; Paddy Marley, Ladies and Mens Captains; Pamela and Joe Cooper and to all who volunteered to make this race happen. Many thanks to Caroline and Paddy Tuite for the after race refreshments.

Well whats next ?? – After whats been a wonderful track season we now move on to the last three races of the series. The Next Race is – Round 14 – The Ahern Cup – 10 Mile Race / Incorporating Club Championship – Saturday, October 7th – Malahide Castle – 12 Noon – The Race is run over a 2.5 mile lap x 4 times and is run on a combination of Trail and Tarmac. Training shoes should be fine. Don’t be afraid of the distance – Come along and give it a go – We would love to see you there!

Lost Property:

A Nike Training Top was found at the track after the 10,000 Metres. At the same race another training top was mislaid. If you have lost or taken the wrong top please contact Liam Hennessy at 0872195748.
In four weeks time Clonliffe Harriers will host their annual Schools Cross Country Invitational event at Santry Demesne. Last year the event attracted over 2000 children. The club is in urgent need of volunteers to give a hand on the day. We are looking for people to work a few hours to a full day – whatever you can manage – any time volunteered will be greatly appreciated. Course builders are needed from 8am – Admin people to take entries from 10am – Starters and Recorders from 11am – The races will take place between 12 and 3pm. Course deconstructors are also required from 3 to 4.30pm. Your help in volunteering to take part in this premier event on the Schools Athletics calender would be greatly appreciated. if you can give any time to help with this event please contact
Many thanks.

Notice to Club members: Saturdays in the Stadium

Clonliffe members please note that as of this Saturday September 16th the Stadium facilities are no longer available to club members. For those athletes looking to train in the Park the Clonliffe clubhouse will be open from 10.45am. Those who wish to avail of the stadium facilities will need to talk to the stadium staff to make their own arrangements.

Notice: training for Gladys’ Group cancelled

With the rain not due to let up Gladys has cancelled training for her group tonight.

Latest advice can be found in Coaching Corner

Steve Cram once said “All you need to do to become a great runner is lots of running” . But could there be a little more to it than that ? Are there some other forms of training that will complement or supplement the running ? And will these  supplementary exercises make you a stronger and less injury prone athlete?
 Hope this article answers that question. The latest instalment for Coaching Corner from Peter McDermott can now be found on the “Coaching Corner”


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